Anger over Rise in UK Children Living in Poverty

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Anger over Rise in UK Children Living in Poverty


McHugh, Joseph, Public Finance


Campaigners have reacted angrily to news that the number of children living in relative poverty has risen in spite of the government s pledge to halve the total by 2010.

Kate Green, chair of the Child Poverty Action Group, said official statistics revealing that in 2005/06 an extra 100,000 children were living in households existing below the poverty line was 'deeply depressing'.

An analysis of the government's own figures by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, published on March 27, concluded that the main cause was the government s failure to increase tax credits in line with average earnings growth.

Green said if ministers were serious about meeting their 2010 target they would need to invest an extra £4bn in the fight. Gordon Brown allocated £1bn to increase tax credits in last week's Budget

'Britain has one of the highest employment rates in Europe, yet one of the worst child poverty rates,' she said. …

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